The NALC will conduct its 23rd annual food drive this Saturday, May 9. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes.
It is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.
Hunger affects about 49 million people around the country, including millions of children and senior citizens. And one in four households with a member currently serving in the U.S. military turns to a food bank for food assistance.
This Saturday, May 9, as we deliver mail, the nation’s 175,000 city letter carriers will collect donations left by residents near their mail boxes. We will be joined by retired letter carriers, by family members and friends, and by countless volunteers to help collect and distribute the sacks of non-perishable food items that get left next to generous customers’ mailboxes that morning.
Last year’s drive resulted in the collection of nearly 73 million pounds of non-perishable food left by customers’ mailboxes. Thanks to that generosity, since the national drive began in 1992 letter carriers have picked up and delivered to local food banks more than 1.3 billion pounds of food.
Visit nalc.org/food for more information.